The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Chronicle Review http://chronicle.com/section/The-Chronicle-Review/41/ Opinion & Ideas :: The Chronicle Review Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:49:46 EDT <![CDATA[Is Philosophy Obsolete?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145837/ http://chronicle.com/article/Is-Philosophy-Obsolete-/145837/ No. It helps make us coherent to ourselves, and that’s a never-ending project. 

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Oxford in the Fifties]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145841/ http://chronicle.com/article/Oxford-in-the-Fifties/145841/ A literary critic recalls a daunting realm of elitism and eccentricity. 

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Paper Pushers]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145839/ http://chronicle.com/article/Paper-Pushers/145839/ C. Wright Mills foresaw the plight of today’s politically feeble, emotionally brittle white-collar masses.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The New Academic Celebrity]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145845/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-New-Academic-Celebrity/145845/ Theory thumpers are so 90s. What TED and the rest of the “ideas” circuit prize are upbeat wizards of science and social science.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Heads Together]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145835/ http://chronicle.com/article/Heads-Together/145835/ Online or off, learning’s more successful when it’s more social.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Academic Inequality and the Star System]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145843/ http://chronicle.com/article/Academic-Inequalitythe/145843/ Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT <![CDATA[Book Review: Color Her Complex]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145847/ http://chronicle.com/article/Book-Review-Color-Her-Complex/145847/ The interwar memoirs of the expat Anita Reynolds reflect her puckish parrying of racial categorization.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Upside of Narcissism]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145683/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Upside-of-Narcissism/145683/ When American social critics adopted the psychoanalytic concept almost a half-century ago, they forgot the good part.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[A Caricature, Not a Critique]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145669/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Caricature-Not-a-Critique/145669/ The author of "Through a Screen Darkly" challenges Toby Miller’s review.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Do We Know Philip Roth?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145671/ http://chronicle.com/article/Do-We-Know-Philip-Roth-/145671/ He’s sprinkled doppelgängers all over his work. But they amount to an ingenious camouflage.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Alone in the Cosmos]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145677/ http://chronicle.com/article/Alone-in-the-Cosmos/145677/ Fine, so Earth is a speck of cosmological dust. But it’s our speck, and we should prioritize accordingly.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Book Review: Taking Heed of the Heartland]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145675/ http://chronicle.com/article/Book-Review-Taking-Heed-of/145675/ Jon K. Lauck has written a history of Midwestern histories.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Alumni Relations: a Horror Story]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145673/ http://chronicle.com/article/Alumni-Relations-a-Horror/145673/ Dear alma mater, if you’re going to interrupt my dinner 
and patronize me, at least get my name right. 

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Generational Preferences]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145571/ http://chronicle.com/article/Generational-Preferences/145571/ Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:01 EDT <![CDATA[Generation Jones]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145569/ http://chronicle.com/article/Generation-Jones/145569/ Neither boomer nor Gen X, an age group's identity has become sandwiched between stereotypes.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Deconstructing 
Paul de Man’s Critics]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145553/ http://chronicle.com/article/Deconstructing-Paul-de/145553/ The editor of Legacies of Paul de Man criticizes Carlin Romano’s take, and Romano replies.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Embrace the Unexplained]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145557/ http://chronicle.com/article/Embrace-the-Unexplained/145557/ Materialism constricts our study of consciousness, but mystery compels it.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Do the Blind Perceive Race?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145559/ http://chronicle.com/article/Do-the-Blind-Perceive-Race-/145559/ The answer might surprise you. And it suggests flaws in how we talk about prejudice.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Book Review: Talking Dirty]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145563/ http://chronicle.com/article/Book-Review-Talking-Dirty/145563/ Josh Lambert’s Unclean Lips examines the role that obscenity
has played in Jewish-American life.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A Conspiracy of Fussbudgets]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145565/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Conspiracy-of-Fussbudgets/145565/ Do your students' awkward, unseemly, messy errors mortify you? Get over it.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[We Are All Mutants]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145393/ http://chronicle.com/article/We-Are-All-Mutants/145393/ Humanity’s diversity inspires and confounds scientists hunting for the genetic roots of disease.

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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[What’s in a Name?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145391/ http://chronicle.com/article/What-s-in-a-Name-/145391/ Identity’s a weighty matter. For the adopted, far more so.

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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[In Research Involving Genome Analysis, Some See a ‘New Racism’]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145397/ http://chronicle.com/article/In-Research-Involving-Genome/145397/ Strides in DNA sequencing have reinflamed debate on biological notions of race.

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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Charting a New Life Course—to College]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145387/ http://chronicle.com/article/Charting-a-New-Life/145387/ Hold Fast to Dreams underscores the importance of counselors to disadvantaged students' college planning.

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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Capriciousness of Fame]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145389/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Capriciousness-of-Fame/145389/ Academic ambition is no guarantee of lasting renown. Just ask James Orton.

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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Jewish Studies Is Too Jewish]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/145395/ http://chronicle.com/article/Jewish-Studies-Is-Too-Jewish/145395/ Its insularity and ideologically freighted support erode it from within.

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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EDT